Take Wing

Plus: Bass Tournament Hosts Downtown Barbecue Festival

By Eva Moore
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Don’t miss the premiere this weekend of Wingmen, which features the men behind Columbia’s own 2 Fat 2 Fly Stuffed Chicken Wings food truck trying to hit the big time. The show debuts at 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the truck: Owners Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons have figured out how to stuff delicious things inside chicken wings, which they then proceed to fry and serve. (The Sucka Punch wing, one of their classic recipes and my favorite flavor, features jalapenos, bacon and cheese as stuffing.) The show charts their attempts to make it big, culminating in a trip to Hilton Head Island’s annual Wingfest.

Care more about wings in your mouth than wings on TV? Impending fame hasn’t slowed down Dickerson and Simmons: The truck can still be found at locations around the Capital City. Visit 2fat2flywings.com to find it, or follow the truck on Twitter at @2fat2flywings.

Bass Tournament Hosts Downtown Barbecue Festival
As the Forrest Wood Cup — a nationally renowned bass fishing tournament — descends on Columbia this weekend, the area around the Colonial Life Arena and Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center will be transformed into a giant barbecue competition. (It’s pigs that are being barbecued, though — not fish.) The first annual competition is an official South Carolina Barbeque Association event featuring 35 teams. If you’re into corny names, this is the event for you: Among the participating teams are Que’D Up, Swine Time, No Pig Left Behind, Rootin Tuten’s BBQ and Big Dick’s BBQ.

The award ceremony will be held Saturday afternoon, just before the Forrest Wood Cup weigh-in, which is slated for 5 p.m. at the Colonial Life Arena. And it’s not just official certified judges who’ll be judging the ‘cue: Some “state dignitaries” will select their favorites during the Celebrity Choice Award Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and anyone who buys a ticket can vote in the Fishermen’s Favorite Award round. This is no piddly contest: Total payout for the competition is $8,000, with $3,000 going to the winning team.

Can’t make it to Saturday’s festivities? Stop by Sunday, when teams will be selling barbecue to all comers.

Teams will be slinging barbecue from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. A $5 donation gets you five tickets to exchange for tastes of barbecue. Admission to the competition and the FLW Expo is free and open to anyone. Visit forrestwoodcup.com for more information.

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